A top news story as of this writing in January 2012 is the cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy. I see parallels with recent U.S. history.
1. Apparently Capt. Francesco Schettino ran the Costa Concordia into a reef, then went home while people scrambled for lifeboats and drowned. Our last U.S. president, George W. Bush, ran our country off a cliff, then went home to his ranch while millions of us lost jobs, homes, savings, everything.
2. Capt. Schettino recklessly steered a massive ship — twice as big as the Titanic — too close to land, apparently so that he could salute to a friend onshore. Pres. G.W. Bush recklessly steered our massive country into war with Iraq while lowering taxes on the richest people in the U.S. — apparently so that his filthy-rich friends in the oil and defense industries could get even richer. The net effect of all this is a belly-up national economy and a national debt of at least $14 trillion, and counting.
3. Capt. Schettino broke a cardinal rule of the sea when he left his ship before all passengers and crew had been evacuated. In August 2001 — just before the September 11 attacks — Pres. G.W. Bush ignored warnings from our intelligence services that terrorists were preparing a major attack on U.S. soil, and enjoyed a month-long vacation at his ranch in Texas. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2004/04/the_outoftowner.html
4. Capt. Schettino explained that he tripped, fell into a lifeboat, and accidentally abandoned ship. George W. Bush — in an apparent ego trip — fantasized that he could be a great president, and accidentally abandoned reality.
5. In both cases, alcohol might have been involved. But whereas many people in this country still love “W” and would like to have a beer with him, if given a choice, I’d take a glass of grappa with poor Capt. Schettino. Sure, his name is shit, but look on the bright side. He didn’t screw up as many lives as our last president did.